As Samuel Rosenbaum says in the intro to his 1982 essay collection Words About Music, which is also included
Music plays a unique role in the life of the Jew. Certainly, it enhances life; but it is far more than that. We study, pray, celebrate and mourn in the language of music. It is a part of life's fabric. In many cases it is the fabric itself.Ain't that the truth.
It's fitting that I found out about this today. I'm on my way to a Cantors concert featuring Cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Meir Finklestein, David Propis, Simon Spiro, Rebecca Carmi and Daniel Gross, among others.
Here's a video of Cantor Meir Finklestein to get me in the mood.